Despite its overt flaws though, Aronofsky offers a tough-to-watch human drama here that tries to honestly depict some of the harsher elements of the Biblical story. He deserves credit for showing the pain that Noah’s family face as they listen to the desperate cries of those left to die on land. The portrayal of Noah himself is harsh but impactful– showing the darker side of this title character as he struggles to fulfill God’s wish as a flawed and overwhelmed man. The brutal depiction of events here may not be for everyone–and parents should clearly keep their kids home for this– but Noah is undeniably a powerful human drama that brings depth and character to the well-known Biblical story.
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